Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last Day of Summer Break

The kids started school on August 14th...way too early in my opinion!  Honestly, the were ready, excited, and happy to start school again!  On Wednesday, August 13th, we had a fulfilled day!

First....Will's snack!  Back before I had Celiac, this would be my go-to choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack...or sometimes, my meal for the entire day!  Sad and so not healthy but true!  Apparently this love for cereal is inherited based on Will's snack choice that morning!

"I'm ready to go mom!"  Think the heals and sash are a tad much!  


We've had the Nelson Atkins Art Museum on our must do summer list for two summers and we finally got down there!  Whew!  Eric and I took our engagement and wedding pictures here and I've always loved the entire area! 

Outside with the famous monuments!

Not sure why but there were teepee's all over the back lawn!  The kids loved going inside of them and picking out they're "rooms" where they would sleep!

They did pretty good inside the museum and really liked looking at the pictures, sculptors, and artifacts.  Of course, nothing beats a good old magnify glass!

I mean, can he be any cuter?!

We had a great last day of "summer!"  Third and First Grades....here they come!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Date Night with Justin Timberlake!!!

Last Wednesday was only one of the top, best days of my life....excluding meeting and marrying my husband, birth of my children, and you know, the typical things that make life happy and great!  My friend Lori texted me if I was free that night and if I wanted to see Justin Timberlake in concert!  Um..yes!!  Insert squealing and jumping up and down like any normal mom in her thirties would do!!  Excitement doesn't even describe how excited I was!  So, that night, Lori picked me up in the minivan and we headed downtown!  First, dinner and then off to the Sprint Center for Justin's private concert for me...and thousands of other screaming fans!  


Justin..getting ready to start his show!!  

The only concert I've been to where I danced and sang every song!  It was so much fun!



His stage moving so he can get closer to me!  


On the other side of the arena singing and playing some guitar!  


Stage moving back towards the front...that's his signal for "I love you, Liz!"



Justin in the middle with his dancers....they were all amazing singers and dancers!



Man...he's so hot!


Lori and I in our suite...yes, suite!  Amazing seats!


And one last one!  Best concert I've ever been too and so want to see him again!  Thanks to Lori and her husband, Phil, for the tickets!!








Sunday, August 3, 2014

Colorado 2014: Crested Butte!!

We woke up on Tuesday morning ready to go back to Crested Butte!  We loved our quick lunch there the day before but we wanted to spend more time in the quaint town!  Our friends, Justin, Jill, Jeremy and Jenna stayed around the cabins to fish, so off we went!  


Walking around and checking out all the adorable shops!  If you're ever near Crested Butte, go!  It's such a charming town, with tons of character, cute shops, amazing food, and picturesque views all over!  Eric and I want to go back just the two of us!  


We ate lunch where they had a play area on the side for kids, full of games and trinkets!  Our kids loved it, Eric and I enjoyed the people watching from the side patio!  The pizza we all had was amazing!!

Some cute chairs we found!



After walking around to most of the shops, we went to the most delicious ice cream shop EVER!!  Third Bowl Homemade Ice Cream had so many wonderful flavors, I had the non-dairy mango cayenne fudge....hands down the best ice cream I've ever had!!  Yummy!  


The boys and I after our ice cream!

Love these three kids so much!!

On our drive we home, we decided to take a little scenic drive and stopped at the Spring Creek Reservoir!  

Will's favorite part of our trip...throwing rocks into the water!

Gorgeous view!


Our view on our drive back to the cabin!  

That night, Eric, Jack, Justin and Jeremy went camping near our cabins!  They cooked out hamburgers over the fire, talked and saw several shooting stars!  

The girls and Will, meanwhile, stayed at our cabins for dinner and had Jill and Jenna over for a Frozen movie party!  
The marmots that lived near our cabins...they weren't invited to watch the movie!

Molly, Jenna, and Will, all snuggled watching Frozen!  Jill and I talked and drank wine, awesome night!!

The next morning, the boys came home and we packed up our car to start the trip home!  Justin, Jill, Jeremy and Jenna stayed a few extra days, but we wanted to head home!  We stayed one night in Colorado Springs, just relaxing, swimming and enjoying happy hour!  We ordered room service for the first time ever and the kids LOVED it!  We saw Pike's Peak and wanted to hike in the Garden of the God's, but a huge rainstorm came through, which was why we just hung out at the hotel!

As ready as we were the get home and see Penny, we were sad to leave Colorado!  Thank you Justin, Jill, Jeremy and Jenna for inviting us!  We had a fabulous vacation!  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Colorado 2014: Mount Crested Butte!

On Monday of our trip, we decided to head over to Crested Butte with our friends and hike!  I had heard amazing things about Crested Butte and was so excited to check it out, but first, we had to hike!
My pictures don't do justice to the gorgeous drive to Crested Butte!  We made plans to build our dream cabin on that drive with every turn we made!  

Mount Crested Butte or Bust!

We rode the chair lift to 10,000 feet altitude and hiked the last 4,00 feet...this was right after we got off the chair lift!  We were ready to go!  

After about 200 feet or so, you can definitely tell the air is thinner the higher you go!  We were struggling here...how little we knew!

Photo courtesy of Jenna...we were looking at her dad using his professional camera!

Snow!  

Almost to the top!!  

We have about 150 feet left before the top and this is where Will hits his wall!  He stops, starts crying and eats almost everything in our backpack..poor guy!  I sit with him and take this gorgeous picture!  I really could stare at this all day!  

So, everyone except Will and I go to the top, and when the reach it they're all waving at us all happy! That just makes Will cry harder, and for daddy who's waving at the top!  He climbs down, I go up to the top, wave at Will and everyone from our group who started climbing down, and that's when Eric and Will start hiking to the top!  So, Will and Eric make it to the the top, yay buddy!!

I'm so proud of all of us for actually making it up there, with only a few cuts and scratches, and no one fell off the mountain!  My fear of heights was in full swing up there and everyone made it down alive!  

There are zero pictures of us going down because:  1.)  We were slipping and sliding all over the place mainly where we got scratched up  2.)  There were a lot of tears, one girl in our family who desperately needed to use the bathroom and we gave a good motivational talk to her most of the way down she finally went, whew!  And in the woods!  3.)  Jack got altitude sickness and he wasn't looking pretty!  Poor guy just has a weak stomach, wasn't drinking as much as he should, and pretty much ran both up and down the mountain.  Once we fed him lunch he was a brand new man! We started hiking at 10 and didn't finish until almost 2...so that may be one reason he go sick!  The boy needs to eat!

After our hike we went into Crested Butte for an amazing lunch and ice cream!  We deserved it!  


We climbed that mountain!  You can see the chair lifts and the path up to the trail...we're so outdoorsy!  


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Colorado 2014: Day Two!

After a wonderful nights sleep with the windows open and hearing this....


We were ready to explore where our temporary home!  On the property, there were about 20 cabins, a game room, and laundry.  The kids absolutely loved the game room...a pool table, ping pong, pop-a-shot, and an old TV with a VCR and DVD player.  Awesome!  The dirt road separated our cabins from our friends but the kids were able to play outside in our "front yards" for hours!  


Our mountain view!


This cutie and I had a great, relaxing time in the hammock!


Just take me back!  So cozy!

For lunch, Eric's friend Mark drove over from his home in Montrose, CO with his three kids!  The last time we saw Mark was back when Jack was one and Mark had zero kids!  He's such a great friend and it was so great seeing him and his sweet little family!

Waiting for our food...Molly, Connor, Aubrey, Jack and Will!  Not pictured, Mark's son Jackson!  Photo bombs courtesy of Eric and Mark!

After lunch, we took a short drive in the mountains and stopped for the kids to throw rocks in the water!  Will's absolute favorite part about Colorado!

Such form!

Jack was in heaven too!  

A cute family picture of the five of us!  Christmas card?!

Mark and his cuties!  Jackson, Connor, Mark, and Aubrey!

Eric and Mark with the kids!  We needed evidence that we saw him and his kids!  

You always need to take a silly picture!  Love it!  And loved that our kids all got along so great!!

My new friend Aubrey!  She was a sweetie and is going to keep Mark on his toes!


My sweetie that definitely keeps me on my toes!  She's showing me her new gems!  Love her!

Miracles upon miracles...Molly fell asleep in the car on our back into town to go to the grocery store! She hasn't slept in the car in years!  Yes, that 14 hour trip the day before, she didn't sleep one minute! 

We had to document this moment!

That night, the cabins HOA hosted their weekly BBQ!  Everyone brings sides and meat to share and you chat with everyone while the kids ran around having a blast!  I felt like we were back in the 60's and 70's, when the kids could safely run around the "neighborhood" and having a blast!

A cute picture of the kids!  Yes, my kids drink Coke...it's vacation!

Standard silly picture!  

Colorado 2014:  Day Three Next!!